Grand Jury Rips Controversial U. of Texas Regent, but Does Not Indict Him

A grand jury has opted not to indict the controversial University of Texas regent Wallace L. Hall Jr., who has been criticized as leading a witch hunt against the departing president of the system’s flagship campus, William C. Powers Jr. The Houston Chronicle reports that the Travis County grand jury was charged with investigating whether Mr. Hall should be indicted for abuse of office, misuse of information, or official oppression.

While it chose not to indict the regent, the jury did condemn M…


2 Campus Police Officers Are on Leave After Harassing and Arresting Black Teenagers

Two campus police officers at a Dallas community college have been placed on leave after the disclosure of a video showing them harassing and arresting a group of black teenagers, The Dallas Morning News reports.

The video was shot last week and subsequently posted on Reddit. El Centro College’s police chief and spokeswoman did not provide comment to the newspaper. But the Dallas County Community College District’s director of media relations, Ann Hatch, said the district would investigate. “In…


3 Bucknell Students Are Expelled for Using Racial Slur in Radio Broadcast

Bucknell University has expelled three students for using a racial slur this month in a campus radio broadcast, The Patriot-News reports. One of the students was a disc jockey, and the other two were guests on the show, Happy Times, which has since been taken off the air by WVBU, the student-run station. “We will not perpetuate racist and violent comments by sharing the audio or recapitulating the language used,” said a college spokesman, Andy Hirsch.

LEWISBURG — Three Bucknell University students have been expelled for using language that included a racial slur on a campus radio station broadcast. The expulsions are permanent and the three will not be permitted to return to Bucknell in the future, spokesman Andy Hirsch said Monday.

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Sweet Briar Faculty Votes No Confidence in President and Board

Faculty members at Sweet Briar College voted no confidence in the college’s president and Board of Directors on Monday, echoing a vote they took two weeks ago opposing the college’s closure. The News & Advance, a Lynchburg, Va., newspaper, reports that a college spokeswoman, Christy L. Jackson, said the administration was “surprised and disappointed” by the vote, which occurred on the same day the Amherst County attorney sued the college, seeking to stop it from closing.

The faculty of Sweet Briar College announced a vote of no confidence in the college’s president and board of directors Monday night as the battle over the Amherst County school raged on.

In a resolution explaining the vote, the faculty said the board and Sweet Briar President James Jones had abdicated their responsibility and cut off substantive dialogue with the staff.

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Oklahoma College Discriminated Against Transgender Professor, Justice Dept. Says

The U.S. Justice Department has sued Southeastern Oklahoma State University, alleging it discriminated against a transgender professor, Reuters reports. According to the lawsuit, Rachel Tudor, an assistant professor of English, was denied tenure because of her gender, and then was fired when she complained. “The university is confident in its legal position and its adherence to all applicable employment laws,” the university said in a statement.

The DOJ said it also sued the Regional University System of Oklahoma. The department said the woman, Rachel Tudor, was denied a promotion because of her gender identity and was retaliated against after she complained. (Reporting by Emily Stephenson; Editing by Eric Beech)

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Family of Pledge Who Died Sues Clemson U. and Fraternity Members

A failure to provide a breakfast of McDonald’s biscuits and hash browns for 30 fraternity brothers may have played a role in the death of a Clemson University student who was found dead in a lake after an early-morning run with other fraternity pledges, according to legal complaints filed by the student’s family, The State and other newspapers in South Carolina report.

The complaints — a wrongful-death action and a survival action filed in a state court in Pickens County, where Clemson is locate…


County Attorney Sues to Stop the Closure of Sweet Briar College

[Updated (3/31/2015, 4:48 p.m.) with a statement from the college.]

[Updated (3/30/2015, 8:07 p.m.) with details on and analysis of the lawsuit.]

A county attorney in Virginia sued on Monday to block the closure of Sweet Briar College. In a complaint filed against the college on behalf of the Commonwealth of Virginia, the attorney said she was seeking the following actions:

  • To enjoin the college from taking further steps to close.
  • To bar the college from “using funds raised by charitable solici…

Rhodes Scholarships Will Be Offered to Chinese Students

Students in China will soon be eligible to receive Rhodes scholarships, the Rhodes Trust announced on Monday. The first group of recipients from mainland China will be selected this year for the program, which sends students to the University of Oxford for two years of postgraduate education.

The change in eligibility rules underscores Rhodes’s desire to stay relevant in global higher education. The New York Times notes that the program is creating a platform for fund raising. But an expansion i…


College Athletics Group Will No Longer Require 3 Years of U.S. High School for Athletes

The association that governs athletics at hundreds of junior and two-year colleges nationwide will drop a rule that limited athletic eligibility primarily to those who had attended three years of high school in the United States, the Times Union reports.

The National Junior College Athletic Association’s rule change follows an agreement with New York’s attorney general, Eric Schneiderman, who argued that the rule discriminated against foreign-born students.

In a statement on its website, the association said its governing board had “found that these bylaws are inconsistent with the association’s mission and detracts from the organization’s goal of promoting healthy and fair competition.” The association has 525 member colleges across the country.

Though it will not save your bracket, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has reached an agreement with the National Junior College Athletic Association to eliminate an eligibility rule that limited participation in its member colleges’ athletic programs to students who attended at least three years of high school in the United States – a rule that Schneiderman argued discriminated against many students of foreign origin.

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Prosecutors Probe Claims of Financial Impropriety by Top Brass at College of DuPage

Prosecutors are investigating the College of DuPage’s finances following multiple reports of improper spending, the Chicago Tribune reports. The community college in Illinois has received two grand-jury subpoenas as part of the investigation, which is being conducted by the DuPage County state’s attorney, Robert Berlin.

Among the many recent controversies surrounding the college: